Dental Implants

Dr Shushil Dattani is one of few dentists in the UK to have a Diploma in Implantology with Advanced Certificate in Bone Grafting from the Royal College of Surgeon (UK). At Kent Smile Studio we are accustomed to carrying out procedures from single tooth replacement to Full Mouth Implant Reconstructions (for those with little or no Teeth, or denture wearers)

With extensive continual training you can be assured of very predictable long term results at a very high standard.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.

In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

A space in the front of your mouth:

A tooth is missing. An implant saves you from having the adjacent teeth ground to support a bridge. The implant crown will be similar in appearance to the natural tooth. Esthetics is most important in the front of the mouth. An implant solution can restore your original look. Your gumline is also reconstructed. The adjacent teeth are not damaged – they are not subjected to grinding in preparation for a bridge or loading by retainer clasps.

A space in the back of the mouth:

You don’t need a conventional bridge or a removable partial denture. There are no problems with talking and chewing, and there is no irritation that can cause gagging. Even in the case of a central tooth gap, an implant solution retains the adjacent teeth. The use of implants no longer requires the complex and uninviting retainers and retainer clasps used with conventional denture treatment. This avoids any problems with talking and eating. You no longer feel that you have a foreign body in your mouth.

A free-end situation:

If one or more teeth are missing at the back of the mouth. Your dentist can select single implants or a bridge instead of a removable partial denture. Using implants to replace back teeth can offer an even better quality of life. Implants can restore your chewing function and prevent collapse of your bite. They also avoid the problems with conventional bridges and dentures.

The jaw with a few or no teeth:

Implants with attachments provide secure support for the prosthesis. The denture stays firmly in place and the facial profile is maintained. The toothless jaw does not need to be a serious problem. Implants can give you securely supported and functional prosthesis. To be able to chew properly at every meal, speak clearly, have natural facial contours – you can be confident going out in public again.

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